National Senior Center Month

Master aging at your center!

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September is National Senior Center Month—your opportunity to showcase your senior center and promote a positive image of aging.

The 2017 theme is: Senior Centers: Masters of Aging!

This September, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) encourages you to show your community how your center is an expert in aging. We are celebrating this by highlighting the theme Senior Centers: Masters of Aging, and we invite you to join us for National Senior Center Month!

Aging masterfully is a core ideal of what many older adults wish to achieve at senior centers. Whether through fitness classes, social activites, NCOA’s Aging Mastery Program®, or a vast variety of other programs, senior centers continue to be the experts in their communities on aging. We hope you will promote this at your center this September.

You can help NISC promote the important work your center does as well! Share success stories of how your center positively affected older adults using our Senior Center Success Stories form.

Senior Center Month materials

The 2017 Senior Center Month Program Guide is now available for everyone!

NISC members also have access to the following materials, which can be dowloaded by logging in to NISC Crossroads, clicking on the Members Library Tab, and opening the Senior Center Month folder.

  • Publicity Guide
  • Thank You Card
  • Customizeable Poster


Our national celebration of senior centers began in 1979, with Senior Center Week celebrated in May. The concept gained support of other aging organizations, as well as the full Senate and the House Select Committee on Aging.

Thanks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Aging Task Force, numerous mayoral proclamations celebrated Senior Center Week. In 1985, NISC was instrumental in achieving the first Senior Center Week Presidential Proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan. In 2007, NISC designated the entire month of September as Senior Center Month to give centers greater flexibility in scheduling celebratory events.

Not a NISC member?

Join NISC to receive all of the Senior Center Month materials as part of your membership.

Join the nation, celebrate, and have fun with National Senior Center Month!

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